BRITS heading to Cornwall this summer will have to PAY to use the toilets – but locals won’t.
The small town of St Ives, one of the most popular holiday spots, has announced that it will charge visitors traveling to the area to use public toilets.
Town Clerk Louise Dwelly told local media: “Many communities across the country are closing their public toilets because of the tremendous cost.
“But we understand the importance of public toilets to our visitor economy, and that’s not an option in a coastal city with beaches.”
They added that other parts of Cornwall had already filed charges, including Newquay and Penzance.
The cost covers maintenance and upkeep, which costs around £135,000 a year due to repairs and cleaning.
However, they said locals don’t have to pay as they already pay council tax, which will also fund upkeep.
While the cost has yet to be announced, tourists can pay contactless to use the restrooms.
They also said they would look at ways to prevent second home owners and vacation rental owners from circumventing the fees, for example by sharing access codes.
St Ives residents have slammed the number of tourists visiting the area, claiming they were being challenged out of their own town and feeling like “agents at a theme park”.
Tourists spend a whopping £85million a year in St Ives while enjoying the sandy beaches and turquoise waters – with around 540,000 day trippers and more than 220,000 visitors staying in the town each year.
St Ives also faces a shortage of rental housing; In 2021, while more than 1,000 properties in the city were available for short-term vacation rentals, only one home was available for long-term rentals.
One local said she was even on the verge of becoming homeless because of the housing issue.
Cornwall is already anticipating another bumper year for stays – but could see busy attractions and booked hotels.
A staffing shortage across the hospitality industry has meant some owners have been unable to open their restaurants, while others have been forced to convert their vacation cabins into staff cabins.
But last summer holidaymakers in Cornwall lamented in their hordes after the coastal region failed to cope with record visitor numbers amid travel bans.
Visit Cornwall’s Malcom Bell warned that unless they book sooner rather than later, anyone planning to visit the region may not have much choice.
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